Performance Drawing 2021

During September – October 2021 C4RD is hosting Performance Drawing 2021

Performance Drawing 2021 presents works by international artists whose practice stretches, pulls, pushes and steps across disciplines relating to drawing and performance.

To mark the first anniversary of the publication, Performance Drawing: New Practices since 1945 (Bloomsbury 2020), the Centre for Recent Drawing presents an online show and in-person residency with curated events that extends the initial exploration of works in the book and considers the future of practice at the intersection of drawing and performance. Featured artists’ works were made since the date of writing and develop the book’s themes in new directions: Adelaide Damoah, Birgitta Hosea, Carali McCall, Maryclare Foá, Maurice Moore, Piyali Ghosh, Ram Samocha, sophia bartholomew. 

Maurice Moore 
In Drawing While Black, aka Black Boy Joy, 2020, Maurice Moore marks on brown paper and/or on black board while dancing in a hand-crafted mask. Travelling back and forth in a defiant gestural flow, Moore applies rhythmic marks that references both the joy of dance and the defiance of black queer dance culture. 

Piyali Ghosh 
In Naksha an Untold Odyssey, 2019, Piyali Ghosh embodies drawing and becomes the gestural moving sculpture that is in conversation with the material of her drawn works; addressing elements of ritual and also the performative process. As her body becomes the space, she is performative: interacting with her work and sometimes wearing pieces as costume. 

Ram Samocha 
In Mountain Range Outline, 2020, Ram Samocha traces the ridges of a mountain range in the distance with a tube of condensed milk on cellophane. Responding directly to the landscape, Samocha reimages the scenery and in so doing, also references both the personal and the rural. 

sophia Bartholomew 
sophia bartholomew’s work The strand like the spirit: the spirit like the breath, 2021, references the landscape, wind, snow, wide open space. The work expands the notion of performance drawing to include the history of the body’s presence in the environment; using their own voice as a sounding.

C4RD Residency
During the residency, Foá, Hosea and McCall will be investigating their individual practice as well as working in collaborations that include drawing, performance and the curation of online events. The aim is to reflect on their publication, Performance Drawing: New Practices Since 1945 (2020), and to address new issues raised by the artists’ work in the exhibition Performance Drawing 2021.

Performance Drawing Events:

14 Sept – 14th OctPerformance Drawing 2021 online exhibition curated by Foá, Hosea and McCall  featuring Adelaide Damoah, Maurice Moore, Piyali Ghosh, Ram Samocha, sophia bartholomew)
14 Sept – 14th OctFoá, Hosea and McCall Residency at C4RD  
Sat 18th Sept 5pm (BST)Piyali Ghosh performance on Instagram Live  
Sat 25th Sept 7pm (BST)Ram Samocha performance on Instagram Live
Sat 2nd Oct 5pm (BST)sophia bartholomew performance on Instagram Live
Sun 3rd Oct 8pm (BST)  Draw to Perform: Ram Samocha interviews Maryclare Foá, Birgitta Hosea and Carali McCall. Book on EventBrite
Tues 5th Oct 7pm (BST)Adelaide Damoah, Maurice Moore and Ram Samocha in conversation with Foá, Hosea and McCall. Book on EventBrite
Weds 13th Oct (Time TBC)Birgitta Hosea/Carali McCall/Claire Zakiewicz performance at Hundred Years Gallery. Curated by Claire Zakiewicz. Book on EventBrite (link TBC)
Thurs 14th Oct 6pm (BST)Piyali Ghosh and sophia bartholomew in conversation with Foá, Hosea and McCall.. Book on EventBrite.


If you would like to purchase Performance Drawing: New Practices since 1945 (Bloomsbury 2020) by Maryclare Foa, Jane Grisewood, Birgitta Hosea, Carali McCall we have teamed up with Blackwell’s to provide it currently at a £20 saving.

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